Daily Archives: December 23, 2013

Legion in position to start building renovations

by nathan oster

American Legion Post No. 32 Commander Paul Linse has announced that renovations to the Legion Hall building on North Fifth Street are expected to begin soon.

Donations from American Legion members and individuals from the community now total more than $6,500, which is more than 10 percent of the total amount Post 32 will require for the total renovation project costs.

Linse said Post 32 has also applied for grants from a variety of sources and feels confident the building will be restored to a state better than the original hall, giving the community an attractive venue for a variety of events and activities.

More important, “the Legion Hall will once again display photos, accounts, news articles, and memorabilia recounting the community’s young men and women who have served the country, usually with distinction, always with loyalty, and occasionally with stark, sudden finality.“

According to Linse, “it will once again proudly serve our community as a reservoir of history, a repository of memories of men and women who served when our country called them, often going to faraway places and returning with stories of extraordinary deeds and exotic locations.”

Linse provided the following information about the building’s history:

“The Legion Hall was built in 1922 as a Methodist-Episcopalian Church.  Its first service was on Christmas Day, 1922.  It was sold for $1 to the American Legion, Greybull Post 32, in 1935.  It became a well-used venue for every service organization, civic club, and group requiring a meeting place.  It was used by unions, boards, and committees. Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, and churches used the building.

“The Legion Hall reached the apex of its influence on the social development of our community after World War II when young men returning to Greybull often found big changes.  Marriages got settled and rearranged at the Legion Hall.

“While no liquor was permitted inside the Hall, many accounts from that era describe how affairs were often settled in the alley alongside the Hall.  ‘No one was ever murdered,’ one firsthand witness to the times recounted.

“The Legion Hall continued to be heavily used by community groups through the 1960s and ‘70s.  The school used the building for classes until 1965 when the band room was constructed at the elementary school.  Its latter years were spent as a storage facility.  Little or no maintenance has been performed on the old building since 1996.”

Linse said he’s been working to get the building added to the National Register of Historic Places.  An application to that effect has been accepted by the State Historic Preservation Office, which  he called “the first step in the building joining other significant historical buildings, objects, and places across the nation.”

The Secretary of the Interior will announce a final determination in early 2014, Linse said.

He added, “P. J. Osborn is given credit for building the original church.  While one account states construction began under the direction of the church’s building committee soon after the church was organized in February of 1922, a later account says Mr. Osborn almost single-handedly built the church in November and December of that year to prepare for the first service at Christmastime.

“Kurt Dubbe, the architect from Jackson who inspected and reported on the condition of the building, was astonished at how stoutly the building was built.  The exception is the roof structure, but even with the compromises and corners cut, Mr. Dubbe cited the extraordinary ‘history of performance of the building.’   We at Post 32 are honored to assume the responsibility for renovating Mr. Osborn’s well-crafted building.”

The community is invited to participate in this restoration effort. Donations may be sent to The American Legion, Greybull Post 32, P.O. Box 140, Greybull WY 82426.   Potential patrons of this project should check with their accountant or lawyer to verify how contributing to their community may also favorably affect their tax bill.  Of course, volunteers are always welcome to help as are donations of materials.

 

 

Wrestlers win 3 of 5 duals, place fifth

by nathan oster

Greybull-Riverside saw some new competition Saturday at the Wright Christmas Dual Wrestling Invitational.

For the first time this season, the Buffs faced a field of teams from the eastern side of the state.  Moorcroft, the reigning 2A champion and favorite to win it all again, didn’t send its varsity squad, instead opting to send a team of junior varsity grapplers.

It was that team that lined up opposite the Buffs in the finale. G-R got the better of the young Wolves in that one, winning 45-24 to clinch fifth place.  Shoshoni, which went 4-0 in pool wrestling, beat Wright for the title.

Finishing in third was Natrona JV, followed in fourth by Douglas JV.

The Buffs went 2-2 in pool wrestling, beating Southeast 54-12 and Lusk 37-24 while falling to Natrona JV 36-30 and Wright 40-36.

G-R will return to action after the holiday break with a Jan. 9 dual against Thermopolis.  The dual will double as the team’s home opener.  Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Buff Gym.

 

Buffs go cold, drop first in Burlington

by nathan oster

Greybull’s winning streak came to an abrupt halt Dec. 17 when the Buffs dropped a 21-point decision to the Burlington Huskies, who entered the game as the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A.

“They’re the best team we’ve played so far this year — and actually, I’d say they’re the best team on our schedule this year,” said Coach Jim Prather, whose team dropped to 7-1 overall with the loss.

What happened?

The shooting precision the Buffs showed in winning four straight at the Coal Miner’s Classic — when they connected on more than 50 percent of their field goal attempts in the three of the four games and 40 percent in the fourth — was nowhere to be found on a frosty night inside and outside the Burlington gym.

The Buffs hit only 30 percent of their field goals (18-of-60) against the Huskies and went to the line only 10 times, converting five.  It was the team’s lowest scoring output of the season.

“I’d like to think that’s because Burlington is just really good,” Prather said of his team’s shooting woes. “They are long and athletic … and they do a nice job of closing down what appear to be openings.  Before you can get there, there are one or two Burlington players protecting the basket, and what you saw isn’t there anymore.”

Prather said the Huskies also had their way with the Buffs offensively.

In short, they’re “one of the better basketball teams we’ve seen in awhile.”

“They’re a fun group to watch, unless you’re sitting on the opposing bench,” he said.

Prather said his team did some things well, like stepping up their effort in the 1-3-1 zone in the second half, but by then it was too late.  The Huskies also pounded the boards, capitalizing on several second and third shots.

Treston Tracy paced Greybull with 12, followed by Payton Gonzalez with 10.  While it was an off night for him shooting, Kason Clutter still produced team-highs in rebounds, with seven, and assists, with nine.

Prather kept the loss in perspective. While there’s work left to do, he’ll take a 7-1 record going into the holidays.

“We viewed it as a great opportunity to learn,” he said. “It was a non-league game, and we approached it with the idea of testing ourselves against the best team around, a chance to see where we stand.

“Yes, it pointed out some of our deficiencies.  But we’d rather do that in a non-league setting against a rival like Burlington than figure those things out after a loss in league play.  I think it’ll be beneficial for us in the long run.”

 

After the break

The Buffs will open Class 2A Northwest Conference play when they return from the holiday break on Friday, Jan. 3.  They will be in Thermopolis to play the Bobcats, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

The weekend after that, Lovell and Burlington come to town.

That, however, can wait.  First up is a nice holiday break, a time to reflect on a 7-1 start that has established the Buffs as one of the teams to be reckoned with in 2A. Then the focus will shift to Thermopolis.

“They’re an athletic group and they have couple of kids who were good scorers for them last year,” said Prather. “The Cornwell boy is just a sophomore, but he is really aggressive, drives hard to the basket and can shoot some threes.  Another kid is a good three-point shooter who can get it up quickly. We think we match up well with them, though.”

 

Burlington 66, Greybull 45

GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 4 0-2 10, Kason Clutter 2 0-0 4, Ryan Sylvester 3 0-0 7, Paul Stewart 2 0-2 4, Zack Zeller 1 1-2 3, Bryce Wright 2 0-0 5, Treston Tracy 4 4-4 12.  Totals 18-60 5-10 45.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2, Sylvester, Wright.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 33 (Clutter, Tracy 7).  STEALS — Greybull 9 (Gonzalez 4).  ASSISTS — Greybull 14 (Clutter 9).

 

Helen Hurt Naramore

Jan. 20, 1922 – Dec. 17, 2013

Funeral services for former Basin resident Helen Hurt Naramore were held Dec. 21 at Atwood Family Chapel in Basin. Helen, 91, died Dec. 17 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

She was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Ansonia, Conn., the daughter of Nicholas and Teckla Bodyk. She married Ralph N. Hurt in June 1946. After Ralph finished his tour of duty in the United States Navy, the couple settled in Wyoming. They had one son, Ronald. Ralph died in June 1967 in Basin.

Helen and her son Ron returned to Gillette. Helen married Kenneth Naramore in Gillette in February 1976. He died in December 2001.

Helen moved to Oklahoma City in 2002 to be near her son. She enjoyed traveling, reading, shopping and all the grandkids.

Helen had an interesting career in banking, including serving as president of the Wyoming Women’s Banking Association.

Her sister, Mary; her parents, Nicholas and Teckla, and her husbands, Ralph Hurt and Kenneth Naramore, preceded her in death.

Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald G. and Judy Hurt of Oklahoma City; stepsons and their spouses, Dr. James and Karen Naramore, of Gillette, Bill and Janet Naramore of Dallas; stepdaughter and her husband, Gary and KennaLou Rose of Gillette; one brother, Walter Bodyk of Naugatuck, Conn.; two grandsons, eight step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Mount View Cemetery.